SNAP is structured to deliver environmental solutions for policy makers and NGOs through multidisciplinary working groups of scientists, engineers, policymakers and experts on human development. By inviting outside proposals, SNAP will ensure that it will address critical needs beyond the borders of its founding institutions. Each proposal will be evaluated on the potential for its impact on the environment, benefits to human well-being, scientific rigor, the availability of data and its potential for application. SNAP will not simply work as an environmental consultant; it will publish peer-reviewed findings and make them freely available to organizations worldwide.
The Nature Conservancy and the Wildlife Conservation Society have committed to raise ten million dollars over the next three years to support the development of SNAP working groups in search of breakthroughs in global environmental challenges. In addition, these organizations will contribute significant staff time (including scientists, practitioners and policy experts) and grant access to thousands of ongoing field experiments to inform the work of SNAP working groups. The working groups will be supported by NCEAS, using their collaborative research model and sophisticated data analysis. SNAP is also committed to recruiting and working with partner organizations in the field of development to bring additional expertise on what interventions can have the greatest impact on human well-being.
This unique approach of bringing together policymakers and NGOs from the worlds of development and the environment will maximize the potential for real-world implementation and success. SNAP's first working group will address the role of natural systems (reefs, sand dunes, natural floodplains) in protecting coastal areas from storm surges. The second working group is studying the Western Amazon Basin to develop recommendations on how to balance the needs of intense development with the protection of indigenous people, fisheries and water quality. Over the next three years, SNAP is committed to publishing and implementing the solutions developed by at least six of its working groups
September 2013: Initial Projects Launch - Western Amazonia and Coastal Defenses Working Groups will begin work
October 2013: Review and select proposals for second round of SNAP projects
January 2014: Sign-on development organizational partner
March 2014: Launch second round of (no less than 2) SNAP Working Groups. July 2014 - SNAP Annual Report - early findings and results from year one.
October 2014: Review and select proposals for third round of SNAP projects
December 2014: Publish and implement results of Round 1 SNAP projects on Western Amazonia and Coastal Defenses.
March 2015: Launch third round of (no less than 2) SNAP Working Groups
July 2015: SNAP Annual Report
October 2015: Publish and implement findings from second round of SNAP Working Groups.
October 2015: Review and select proposals for fourth round of SNAP Working Groups
March 2016: Launch fourth round of SNAP Working Groups
July 2016: SNAP Annual Report
September 2016: Publish and implement findings from third round of SNAP Working Groups.
The changing climate and rapidly growing global population are placing unprecedented burdens on the natural world, social systems, and vulnerable human communities. Addressing this conflagration of stresses as solely an environmental problem, social problem, or issue of economic development will not work. Vexing issues like providing clean drinking water, reliable food production, sustainable energy, and safe, resilient coastlines require bold collaborations, rigorous scientific analysis, innovative investments, and sound policies. These are the guiding principles of SNAP (Science for Nature and People), a new science-based organization that will provide scalable real-world solutions for the benefit of humans and nature.
SNAP is a scientific collaboration of The Nature Conservancy, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). SNAP will generate actionable analyses in twelve to eighteen months by bringing together leading scientists, social scientists, economists, policy makers, and funders to form working groups focused on issues at the nexus of conservation and human well-being.
Protecting nature is paramount in the fight to secure future food, energy, water and security for the planet's growing population. Though nature is the basis of prosperity for billions, most have not achieved lifestyles which are both prosperous and sustainable. SNAP working groups will address these key questions around modern conservation and economic development that will benefit all humankind, especially the planet's poorest and most marginalized.